1. Women’s Ministry Update
  2. Men’s Ministry Update
  3. Update From The Deacons
  4. 2011 Missions Conference
  5. From The Pastor

Women’s Ministry Update

October Birthdays

Happy birthday to the following lovely ladies born in October:

Megan Norris (5)
Megan Pifer (5)
Destiny Wenzel (7)
Linda Nauck (8)
Laurie Beth Snowberger (10)
Dianne Burns (18)

We hope you are blessed beyond measure as you discover what God has in store for you in the coming year!

Dinner With Carol Kent

Ladies, would you like to have dinner with Carol Kent at Shandon Baptist Church?

When: Sunday, Nov 6, 2011, 6:00pm

Cost: $10.00

Could you use a girls night? The Women’s Ministry at Shandon Baptist Church invites all women to join us for a special Ladies Night Out on Sunday, November 6th from 6-8pm. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the Gathering Place, catered by The Happy Cafe, and an encouraging message from Carol Kent, author of When I Lay My Isaac Down.

Please note: childcare is not available for this event. The cost is $10 and registration opens Sunday, September 25 in the church foyer. The last date to make your reservation is Sunday, October 23.

Save The Date

It will soon be time for our Women’s Winter Retreat. This year the retreat will again be in Myrtle Beach at Long Bay Resort on January 28 – 29, 2012. Further details will be coming soon so watch you inboxes and the Sunday Notes!

Men’s Ministry Update


The Men’s Ministry kicked off their fall agenda at a BBQ in September. SALT: Spiritually Authentic Leadership Training was the featured topic for the night. Fourteen men have committed to partner together this fall for the purposes of encouragement, challenge, and accountability using the Lessons on the Life of David study guide.

Upcoming Men’s Events

The Men’s Golf tournament on October 15th is just around the corner. We will be playing at The Caddy Shack in Lexington. It will be a 12 hole par 3 tournament using the Best Ball format (i.e. you don’t have to be good to play with us!). The course is providing everyone with a small bucket of balls for warm-up that day. All of this comes at a great price: just $8.00. It is important for all who want to play to sign up in the foyer on Sunday so we can arrange the foursomes. This is a great event to invite your friends, co-workers, or neighbors. Let’s all reach out and make this day a welcoming and fun outing for everyone.

Our FBC men’s retreat will be near Brevard, NC on November 4-6. Ridge Haven is the site for this weekend of fun and hanging out together. Our goal is to get to know each other better as we play and learn, and play, and play (shh – don’t tell our wives!). There will be time for team competitions on the bouldering wall, obstacle course, and low ropes course. There will also be time for getting alone with God. We pray this will be a fun and relaxing and meaningful time for everyone who comes.

Update From The Deacons

The deacons and the Decor Team have joined forces for a major facelift to the interior of our church. In the coming days, we will be repainting the foyer, hallways, and sanctuary. This is quite a large undertaking, yet it provides a great opportunity for the body of FBC to serve and get to know others working side by side. We really do need many hands to come out and labor on this worthwhile project.

2011 Missions Conference

Isn’t there a better way? A better way to impact the world for Christ? A better way to do missions?

Don Johnson, serving with SEND International, will lead us to consider the question “Isn’t there a better way?” If you have ever wondered or questioned whether or not there could be another ‘way’ to get the Gospel to the nations, you will wonder no longer.

Friday, October 21st 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Potluck dinner with an international flavor
We will receive updates and videos from FBC missionaries with a prayer time for the missionaries. There will also be a children’s program, and childcare will be available for babies and young children.

Saturday, October 22nd 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Women’s brunch

Alison Burns will share about her recent trip to India.

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dessert and Missionary Interaction

Opportunities to hear from and interact with our missionaries, followed by ice cream. Childcare will be available for babies and toddlers.

Sunday, October 23rd 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday Service

Normal Sunday morning schedule with fellowship time from 9:30 to 10:00, and worship service from 10:00 to 11:30. Don Johnson will be the speaker.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Service

Don Johnson will be our speaker, and childcare will be available.

Searching. Praying. Waiting.

by Jack Arrington

As I hope you know, much is happening with FBC’s staffing. With the changes, we have done much re-thinking concerning where we spend our staffing budget. We are now searching for a paid, part-time financial secretary, volunteer office workers, and for paid, part-time Youth and Worship Leader(s).

For the part time financial secretary, our leaning is to hire someone from outside. Having someone from the outside handle our money and our books automatically gives us an extra layer of confidentiality and being above reproach. However, since we had no problems with these issues in the past, hiring from inside is a possibility even though we lean toward an outside hire.

These are the responsibilities of the Financial Secretary:

  1. Prepare and make deposits (posting information using PowerChurch accounting software)
  2. Write checks and pay bills (posting information using PowerChurch accounting software)
  3. Reconcile all financial accounts
  4. Keep accurate financial records in PowerChurch as well as regular software backups and appropriate hard copies in a well-organized filing system
  5. File necessary tax forms and pay taxes on time
  6. Send out yearly contribution statements

We can save money and direct the savings to Worship and Youth if we can find volunteers who will be willing to do the following:

  1. Prepare layout and text for weekly bulletin and inserts
  2. Copy, perforate, fold and collate inserts for weekly bulletin
  3. Order/purchase office supplies and maintain an organized inventory
  4. Order ministry materials as requested
  5. Maintain schedules for elder of the day, deacon lock-up, and moment for missions

When it comes to paid, part-time Worship and Youth leadership, our preference would be for us to find one person to do both. We might need to look at two people. But one person doing both would cause that person to be more invested in our body.

Over the next weeks you will see many different worship leaders. Some will be guest leaders. Others will be looked upon as potential hires. We won’t necessarily tell you which is which until we move further down the road with someone.

Since people have already asked, let me address the question, “What about Carlos, or Megan, or Don for worship leader?” We deeply appreciate their gifting and contribution to our worship. However, none of them are being considered because, for different reasons, none of them wants the role of worship leader.

Together we have crafted a description of the man we seek. The worship leader we desire:

  • Will know Jesus Christ as personal Savior and will have a mature, authentic, and growing spiritual life
  • Will have a passion for and be personally immersed in worship through music
  • Will be in complete agreement with the FBC doctrinal statement
  • Will play either acoustic guitar or piano and have strong vocal ability being able to lead with minimal reference to the chord charts, so as to better connect with the congregation
  • Will be able to plan the flow of the worship service including song selection, music-team management, Scripture readings, prayer, exhortation, media, and other elements to draw the entire congregation into worship
  • Will be able to hear music (by listening to the music if necessary; reading music is a bonus but not required) in order to do chord charts for musicians and vocalists (the song list, chord charts, and probable key will be provided to the worship team and pastor no later than Wednesday each week)
  • Will encourage team leadership gifts by planning for other team members to lead songs that fit them well vocally or musically
  • Will be able to sense the worship pulse of the congregation during the service and adjust his leadership accordingly
  • Will plan and lead practice, helping each team member to understand his or her role for each song
  • Will primarily select contemporary music but will also draw upon the rich heritage of the church throughout the centuries using fresh arrangements of hymns and older songs to fit within the flow of a contemporary worship service
  • Will be willing to learn FBC favorites and incorporate them into our worship
  • Will seek to develop and use the worship arts talent within the church
  • Will be willing and have the authority to decide who is gifted to be in worship leadership (we want worship leaders up front not just musicians and vocalists)
  • Will seek to develop a sense of community among the worship team

We are in the process of creating the description for our Youth Leader position. Here are some of the things I know we desire. Our next paid Youth Leader:

  • Will know Jesus Christ as personal Savior and will have an authentic and growing spiritual life
  • Will have a passion for reaching and discipling students
  • Will be in complete agreement with the FBC doctrinal statement
  • Will have good relational skills to be able to connect well with parents, volunteers, and students
  • Will coordinate all junior and senior high activities with the counsel of the elder liaison to youth
  • Will have the organizational and leadership skills to plan and execute a comprehensive vision of ministry for youth (outreach, discipleship, worship, activities, retreats, service projects, etc.)
  • Will be a gifted teacher responsible for the majority of teaching
  • Will be able to recruit and develop a student leadership team
  • Will manage and maintain youth ministry resources (budget, room, equipment, curriculum)
  • Will spend time with public, home, and private school students outside of official church activities

If you know of someone or if you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Pastor Jack. If you contact Pastor Jack regarding one of the paid positions, please send a resume covering training and experience pertinent to the role desired.

Pray for the Lord to bring us just the right people.